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Fashion Trends For Spring 2009

While bundling up against the cold temperatures and snow, I look forward with great anticipation to spring and being able to shed by warm layers in favor of light and flowing warm weather fashions. As part of my defense against a harsh winter, I have compiled a list of trends that seem to be emerging for spring 2009.

Light, gauzy fabrics in layers have made their way down the runway in dresses and tops. Flowing dresses in floral patterns are being seen paired with ankle-strap stilettos. The color palette for these lovely, feminine dresses ranges from bright citrus to watercolors to neutrals and nudes.

Skinny pants are still in, with the 7/8 length cigarette pant appearing in a wide array of bright colors and are fun and sassy with sky-high platform shoes and a cropped jacket.

Harem pants are also making an appearance, but do not panic. These are far from "Hammer" or "Genie" pants. With a tailored styling, these pants are great paired with anything from a delicate chemise to a casual, rolled-sleeve blazer.

Jumpsuits are here in lightweight, draping fabrics and styles. Accessorized with belts and heavy jewelry, these easy-to-wear outfits are stylish in long leg as well as short styles.

Bohemian looks from the 1960's and 1970's are back in a glamorized way with bright colors and metallic accents; these are not your mother's hippie clothes.

In shoes, shy-high platforms and ankle detailed shoes are the winners. Styles with ankle embellishments, from straps to ribbons are at the forefront of spring footwear. Also a hit are high heel cut-out booties. The traditionally winter style is great for spring with a peep toe and open design.

The most important thing to remember in fashion trends is to have fun with them. Choose the styles you like that flatter your body and leave the rest.          
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